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2018 banking and securities M&A outlook

Navigating trends in bank mergers and acquisitions

Despite numerous deal catalysts in 2017, bank mergers and acquisition activity remained in neutral. Will 2018 be the year that banking M&A truly gets in gear? Will US tax reform, rising interest rates, and the potential easing of regulations boost the banking and securities M&A outlook for the year ahead? The 2018 report from Deloitte US examines banking M&A trends and expectations across banking, specialty finance, investment management and securities, and fintech.

Getting M&A activity in gear

Entering 2017, there seemed to be positive momentum for increased deal-making in banking, specialty finance, investment management and securities, and financial technology (fintech). Despite macro-level catalysts including an improving economy, sustained stock market rally, steadily rising interest rates, pro-business election results, and the expected easing of industry regulations, the 2017 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) engine essentially remained in neutral.

Yet, there is reason to be optimistic about banking and securities M&A in 2018. Virtually all of the same drivers remain in place and are being bolstered by increasing regulatory clarity and US tax reform legislation—both of which will benefit bottom lines and add to capital war chests.

Download the 2018 outlook to review 2017 banking M&A activity, drivers, and expectations for 2018, and the steps that organizations can take to get M&A deal-making engines in gear. Visit the banking and securities section of for broader industry insights, analysis, and resources.

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